Daily Prayer At Saint Laika’s

* Edward King *


O God, the protector of them that hope in you, grant we beseech you, that we may without ceasing offer praise unto your majesty and that we may present to you an abiding service. Bestow upon us health of mind and body; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

( Leonine Sacramentary )


Jesus, grant that balm and healing in your holy wounds I find,
every hour that I am feeling pains of body and of mind.
Should some evil thought within temped my treacherous heart to sin,
show the peril and from sinning keep me from its first beginning.

Should some lust or sharp temptation prove too strong for flesh and blood,
let me think upon your passion and the breach is soon made good.
Or should Satan press me hard, let me then be on my guard,
saying, Christ for me was wounded, that the tempter flees confounded.

If the world my heart entices on the broad and easy road
with its mirth and luring vices, let me think upon the load
you did carry and endure, that I flee all thoughts impure,
banishing each wild emotion, calm and blessed in my devotion.

Every wound that pains or grieves me, by your stripes, Lord, is made whole;
when I am faint, your cross revives me, granting new life to my soul.
Yea, your comfort renders sweet every bitter cup I meet;
for your all atoning passion has procured my soul’s salvation.

O my God, my rock and tower, grant that in your death I trust,
knowing death has lost his power since you trod him into the dust.
Saviour, let your agony ever help and comfort me;
when I die, be my protection, light and life and resurrection.

( Johann Heermann )

MEDITATION by Tim Madsen

Edward King: teacher, pastor, bishop, straw man

Today Saint Laika’s remembers Edward King, an outstanding servant of Christ in nineteenth-century England.

The Church can be an abusive mother, at times. To understand its history helps one to understand why many today hold it in such utter contempt, while others continue to serve Christ in and through it. Edward King knew his church history. He understood the bitterness and the politics of the origins of the Church of England in the sixteenth century. His reading of the ancient church “fathers” led him to identify as an Anglo-Catholic, someone who sought to restore to the Church of England the heritage of the Christian Church of pre-Reformation times.

His influence on seminary students was immense. Much of his life was spent in theological education. He taught “pastoral theology,” another way of saying he laid out the theological rationale for the way ministry was to be done in the church. He insisted, for example, that preaching could never be effective or worthwhile unless it was rooted in a life of prayer and of love for one's parishioners. A priest must pray regularly for every member of his parish, individually and by name.

Anglo-Catholicism scared many in the Church of England, who felt that the hard-won independence of the English Church from Rome was about to be turned back by these priests and bishops who wanted to reclaim the trappings of the Catholic Church. Parliament passed the Public Worship Regulation Act in 1874, as an attempt to undercut the growing Anglo-Catholic Movement. King was viewed with suspicion by the “low-church” folks in the church. But in 1885, with a new archbishop and a new prime minister, King became bishop of Lincoln.

In 1888, King was prosecuted for breaking the Public Worship Regulation Act. His offences included using lighted candles on the altar, facing eastward with his back to the congregation, having the” Lamb of God” sung at communion and using the sign of the cross to bless the congregation at the end of the service. In 2010, speaking on the one-hundredth anniversary of King’s death, the then archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, called the former prosecution an embarrassment to the church and the state.

As bishop of Lincoln, King was devout and faithful. He devoted himself unsparingly to pastoral work in his diocese, particularly among the poor, both farmers and industrial workers, as well as condemned prisoners. The private letters of his contemporaries contain many testimonies to his personal holiness and to his loving concern for others. He sought out those whom the Church had failed to reach and spoke with them about the good news of God's love declared in Jesus Christ. He died on the eighth of March, 1910.

Scripture. In the "First Letter to Timothy," chapter four, verses seven and eight, we read:

Train yourself in godliness, for, while physical training is of some value, godliness is valuable in every way, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.


Let us now call to mind our sin and the infinite mercy of God.

God the Father, have mercy upon us.
God the Son, have mercy upon us.
God the Holy Spirit, have mercy upon us.
Holy, blessed and glorious Trinity, have mercy upon us.

From all evil and mischief; from pride, vanity, and hypocrisy;
from envy, hatred, and malice; and from all evil intent,
good Lord, deliver us.

From sloth, worldliness and love of money;
from hardness of heart and contempt for your word and your laws,
good Lord, deliver us.

From sins of body and mind;
from the deceits of the world, the flesh and the devil,
good Lord, deliver us.

In all times of sorrow; in all times of joy;
in the hour of death, and at the day of judgement,
good Lord, deliver us.

By the mystery of your holy incarnation;
by your birth, childhood and obedience;
by your baptism, fasting and temptation,
good Lord, deliver us.

By your ministry in word and work;
by your mighty acts of power;
and by your preaching of the kingdom,
good Lord, deliver us.

By your agony and trial;
by your cross and passion;
and by your precious death and burial,
good Lord, deliver us.

By your mighty resurrection;
by your glorious ascension;
and by your sending of the Holy Spirit,
good Lord, deliver us.

Give us true repentance; forgive us our sins of negligence and ignorance and our deliberate sins; and grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit to amend our lives according to your holy word.

Holy God, holy and strong, holy and immortal, have mercy upon us.
Make our hearts clean, O God; and renew a right spirit within us.

We pray...

... for peace in the world.

... that the bishops and leaders of our churches may be good and prayerful shepherds who love and feel called to care for the priests, ministers and church members in their care; that they may live their own lives in accordance with the good news of Jesus Christ and put the ways of the kingdom of God before the ways of the world.

... for those who have died recently and for those who mourn their passing.

... for those who are unwell and for those caring for them.

... for those, both close to us and far off, who we hold in our personal prayers.

... for ourselves.


Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever. Amen.


From “Duty and Conscience" by Edward King:

Tonight I want to point out another result of the resurrection of Christ, not on the individual character, but on the Church as a whole. This lesson, this effect, which should follow on a true belief in the resurrection of Christ on the Church, is unity. Our belief is that our blessed Lord took our whole nature when he became incarnate. In that nature he died, and rose again, and ascended into heaven, as in that nature he is now sitting on the throne of his own peculiar glory, waiting till his enemies are made his footstool. This, then, is the belief which we have to make real to ourselves. Our common humanity is enthroned in heaven. "As in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive." It is the companion picture to the one we were studying in the parable of the Good Samaritan. In that we saw the solidarity of humanity expressed by the man lying by the side of the road, unable to get up and reach his journey's end without help. Here we have the resurrection of one, and in this is summed up again the solidarity of humanity, but it is the raising of humanity, the ascending and living for ever in heaven of our human nature. These are the two pictures I would leave before you. The one of fallen humanity, and we in it; the other of ascended humanity, Jesus, very God, and very man, and we in him.

And this effort to contract humanity into these two persons does no violence to the teaching of holy scripture. This marvellous truth is put before us by the Holy Spirit, who puts out of all consideration the hundreds of millions of people who have lived on this earth and speaks only of two men as worthy of consideration. Whether rich or poor, great or simple, kings and princes, all the wise men of Egypt and Babylon, all are put away, all are washed off, and only two figures are left standing on the canvas God paints for us; the first man, who is of the earth, earthy, and the second man, who is the Lord from heaven.

We cannot do better than try to realise this boldness of language. The first man Adam, is of the earth, earthy, fallen away, lying by the side of the road, and we in him. The second man is the Lord from heaven, who died, and rose again, and ascended into glory, and we in him.

The body is one, for Christ is one. He is risen with the same body which he took of the Blessed Virgin, and in it he lives. And from this we draw the lesson of unity, dear sisters and brothers in Christ. We are all apt to give up in despair even thinking about it.

"We will try to be as good as we can," you will say, "but as for unity, when all around is broken to fragments and is in such confusion, it is impossible!"

Brethren, to give way to such thoughts is to put oneself out of harmony with God's will and purpose. I ask you not to give way to them, but to make it one of your efforts this Passiontide, and one of the results of the coming Easter, to force yourselves, God helping you, to overcome them; and to face the fact that if humanity is in heaven with Christ, and if he is one, and if he is the head of his body the Church, as there is one head and one body, so there should be unity in that body. As the natural body of Christ is one, so is his mystical body, the Church, one. In Passiontide we think much of his humiliation in Gethsemane, in the servants' hall, on the cross. How he was reviled, spat upon, how that body was torn. But never for one moment did the divine nature leave the body or soul of our Lord. The resurrection was not a new incarnation, but a joining together of the two parts of the humanity of our Lord; not a restoration of the hypostatic union, for that was never violated.

Let us keep that truth before ourselves when we consider him reviled, blindfolded, mocked, spat on, buffeted; there was no separation between the divine and human natures. Yes, and if we see the Church of Christ mocked, reviled, buffeted, torn asunder, yet remember she is not torn asunder from him who is her head, for she can never be separated from him. There is unity between him and his body. I want to impress this truth upon you. Do not, through sloth, or despondency, or hopeless despair, give up trying for unity. If we believe in the humanity of the one Christ in heaven, we shall also believe in the unity of his body, the Church. Really there is much, much to give us courage.


O God, you raised up your faithful servant Edward to be a bishop and pastor in your Church and to feed your flock: give abundantly to all pastors the gifts of your Holy Spirit, that they may minister in your household as true servants of Christ and stewards of your divine mysteries; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.


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